flourless sesame anise cookies

Well hello friends!

Today I’m excited to be participating in the 3rd annual Christmas Cookie Swap party over at Keepin’ it Kind. It’s my third year participating and I think I might just be sharing my best cookie yet!

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I love participating in this blog even because I get guest post for one of my favourite bloggers ever AND get to bake cookies for you all wayyy ahead of Christmas. No, I did not need an excuse to start my Christmas baking in early November (I would have done it anyway), but it definitely gave me an excuse to blast some Christmas tunes earlier than is socially acceptable.

So why don’t you click play on the song below (mandatory) and head over to Kristy’s blog for my Flourless Sesame Anise Cookies!

Adapted from Edible Perspective’s Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter Cookies.

strawberry banana green tea smoothie

Isn’t it strange how you can be wandering through life, totally secure with who you are and where you’re at, then in a single moment it can all come crashing down? Suddenly you are not who you thought you are and the things that you thought, aren’t true. How is it that the world can shift so suddenly and completely?

strawberry banana green tea smoothie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

Spring has sprung and that means more smoothies. I am such a fan of this blended meal, but in the winter I just can’t stomach the cold, rawness of them. But I’ve missed their convenience, fruity creaminess and all the different superfoods and flavours you can toss in.

So when I was asked to try out Kiss Me Organics matcha, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Smoothies, smoothie and more smoothies. I was pleasantly surprised by this matcha- usually the less expensive ones are bitter and lack the real green tea flavour I love. I can’t say this was the best matcha I ever had. But was it a killer balance of quality and price? Hells yes. My friends, if you are looking for a matcha that is readily available online (on Amazon, in Canada too!) and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, I’ve solved all your problems. Continue reading

lemon poppyseed truffles for a very special baby shower


Today is a very special post. You see, the lovely and wonderful Ella of Pure Ella is having a baby (and very soon!). Since we can’t all be physically together but we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion, myself and other bloggers have decided to come together and throw her a virtual baby shower!

If you don’t know Ella, well shame on you, head over to her blog right this second! The recipes are delicious, simple, accessible and gorgeously photographed. Ella is also one of the kindest most beautiful souls you will ever come across. Is it any wonder we had to celebrate her?

lemon poppyseed truffles #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

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vanilla espresso almond butter


This post has been inspired by the book “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan as a part of the From Left to Write book club.  This book chronicles the challenges and hilarity of raising 5 small children in a 2 bedroom apartment in New York City. Doesn’t that sound like a blast??


This book was a really nice change from the more sombre fiction books I had been reading lately. It was my “public transit” book and I certainly laughed out loud a few times, making me that crazy person on the subway. But I didn’t care. This book was light-hearted, funny and completely enjoyable to read. Jim Gaffigan puts his usual hilarious spin on all manner of kid-related stories from home births, to taking the subway with kids to birthday parties. My personal favourite story involves Jim, his 2 year old daughter and her mispronouncing “juice”. You’ll have to read the book to hear the punchline ;)

As an only child who grew up in a large home in a small town, there is little I could relate to in this book, which is probably why I liked it so much. It gave me a glimpse into what childhood could be like with silings. It seems so fitting that I was reading this book on “National Only Child Day” on April 12. It really got me thinking about how unique growing up sibling-less really is.

Here are 5 musings about being an only child:

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strawberry avocado breakfast “ice cream”


now i’m going to continue being the canadian i am today by talking about the weather. spring has come finally!! baseball games have been attended, skirts with no tights have been worn, the parka has been put away and fresh strawberries have been eaten! all that’s left is to eat a meal on a patio and it’s official.

to celebrate the arrival of warm temperatures i’m sharing an “ice cream” recipe over at the north coast naturals blog that’s actually a breakfast. that means it’s high in protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, quick and easy to make but also completely delicious.

psssst, i’ll let you in on a little secret: this is actually little more than a super thick smoothie, but it’s way more fun to call it ice cream isn’t it??

head on over to the ncn blog for the recipe!

I’m sharing this recipe on Raw Foods Thursdays and Healthy Vegan Friday!

no-bake chocolate cream pie

no-bake chocolate cream pie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

i couldn’t get this pie out of my head for days. it was pie day (march 14) and the blogosphere was overflowing with various pie recipes. i am not one to usually make pie, but i got it into my head that i needed to make a pie asap. and not some standard apple. no i wanted a decadent chocolate cream pie. no-bake because i couldn’t be bothered to make a pie crust. this cream pie would be creamy, rich and would put all other pies to shame.

the only reason i didn’t make this sooner was because i was afraid of how good it would be. if such a thing existed in the world, would i ever be able to stop eating it? or would my taste buds compel my fork to move bite after bite of chocolate heaven into my mouth until the whole pie was gone?

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vibrant life cleanse program and cookbook launch and review

before i get into today’s post, i just want to announce the winner of my little life box giveaway! congrats to….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

sarina, i will email you soon with details!

now today i have another review for you and guys, believe me when i say, this is an ebook that you definitely want to have. i was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book and upon first open i was hooked! 

vibrant life ebook

i’m sure most of you know Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit. if you haven’t, climb out from under that rock you’ve been living under, and check her out. she’s seriously awesome. she is a holistic nutritionist with an approach i have long since admired. and since i myself am now a holistic nutritionist, i have even more respect for her. there’s a lot of pressure in this field to be the perfect health role model (and hence always eat perfectly and always be perfectly healthy! exhausting just thinking about it). leanne lives life according to what works for her, refusing to subscribe to a particular label, admits she's not perfect and indulges on occasion (like anyone should!). basically, she’s one of my professional crushes and mentors.

and now she’s released another ebook: Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. just in time for spring! i don’t know about you all but i sure could use a bit of a reset on my system after this long winter we just had!

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raw thin mint green tea ice cream cake

thin mint green tea ice cream cake #raw #paleo #vegan

ice cream cake was always my birthday cake of choice when i was younger. specifically dairy queen ice cream cakes with the vanilla and chocolate layers and in between those there was this fudge cookie layer that was heaven. and even though i hated most icings (at most birthdays i would eat around the sickly sweet, rock hard icings, unlike every other kid who loved it), the icing on those cakes was delicious. i got one for all of my birthdays and it was basically my favourite thing about having a birthday party.

so with st. patrick’s day coming up, i felt it was finally time to revamp this old favourite into a new healthy treat.

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carrot ginger soup with curried croutons

carrot ginger soup with curried croutons #vegan #glutenfree

remember when i said one of my goals this year was to post more savoury recipes? and then i proceeded to post only sweet recipes for the month of february? granted, they were delicious sweet recipes (like zucchini bread oatmeal, double chocolate and goji granola, sesame crispy rice treats, chocolate rum (or raspberry) truffles, paleo cranberry chocolate chip cookies, hempy halvah, raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares, and double chocolate blueberry pancakes), but it leads to a rather unbalanced recipe index no?

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double chocolate blueberry pancakes with blueberry sauce

double chocolate blueberry pancakes

i should of had this recipe posted before yesterday. it was pancake tuesday and all, and i think you all will really like this one if you make it.

i meant to post this, i really did.

but you see, something important came up. something important that required all of my attention and time. something that simply couldn’t wait.

i have priorities.

want to guess what this urgent item was?

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